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18 January in the History of Psychology


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On January 18:

1892 — Edmund Clark Sanford's Laboratory Course in Psychology was published.

1909 — Calvin S. Hall was born. Hall is best remembered as the coauthor, with Gardner Lindzey, of Theories of Personality, a classic text in that field. His research interests were behavior genetics, emotional behavior in animals, and dream analysis.

1921 — Robert Glaser was born. Glaser's research in education developed from an early emphasis on individualized instruction and criterion-referenced testing to later explorations of cognitive models of classroom learning and "knowledge-dependent learning." APA Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology, 1987.

1955 — The drug Noludar (methyprylon; Hoffman-LaRoche) was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Methyprylon is a nonbarbiturate hypnotic that increases the threshold of arousal in the brain stem. It is prescribed as an antianxiety medication.

1971 — The Jean Piaget Society was incorporated in Pennsylvania, marking the official founding of the organization.

1974 — The antipsychotic drug Moban (molindone; DuPont) was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Molindone is a major tranquilizer that reduces activity in the reticular activating system.

1980 — The APA Council of Representatives formed a continuing Committee on Gay Concerns. On May 23, 1985, the committee voted to change its name to the Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concerns, a change subsequently approved by the APA.